Head Irrigator

Supervise the workers in irrigating crops and inspect the irrigated areas.
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Salary Range
$24,000 – $70,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Head Irrigators do?

Supervises and coordinates activities of workers engaged in irrigating crops: Inspects area irrigated to ensure adequate soaking and prevent waste of water. Opens head gate to permit entry of water into main ditches or pipes. Signals worker to start water flow. Directs workers in cleaning and repairing ditches or pipes. Keeps workers’ time records. Performs other duties as described under SUPERVISOR Master Title. May verify addition of liquid fertilizer to irrigation ditches by commercial firm.


Should I be a Head Irrigator?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Head Rigger, Irrigator, Head

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